Pickleball is one of the fastest growing games in America. An estimated 2.5 million people are becoming regular users of kimchi balls. Because pickleball is a relatively new game compared to badminton, tennis, volleyball and so on, the correct tactics needed to master the game are still unknown.
As more people join the sport, professionals like Sarah Ansboury and Simone Jardim suggest key strategies that can help individuals get a better grasp of Pickleball.
1) Stand in the ready position correctly
According to simone Jardins, the national softball champion, beginners are often told to place their racquet in front of peak's net at 12:00 and swing it until 9:00 for a backstroke. While this does benefit some players, others may find it difficult to return when the ball lands on their weaker side, leading to confusion about the correct position for players to hit a consistent return.
2) Track the ball with your racket
The most important thing to remember is to hold the pickleball paddle in front of you and not let it get too close to your chest. According to Sarah Ansboury, instead of standing parallel and turning your head, move your torso and shift your weight. This helps when you stand in the right position to release the ball lightly. Also, let the larger muscles in your shoulders, not your elbows or wrists, control your body movements.
This strategy is great for keeping track of your opponent's next move and keeping you energized throughout the game.
3) Paddle - Up strategy
A good pickleball strategy involves proper positioning of your body and racquet. Many players believe that paddling is the best strategy to win a game, or to land a few powerful shots. Many experienced coaches advise and teach paddling concepts. But it is also true that professional pickleball players do not use this technique. This makes it difficult to decide whether to use a rowing strategy.
So what exactly is a rowing strategy? The rowing strategy means holding the paddle in front of the body at chest level. The most extreme case of this strategy is to hold the paddle at nose level.
The reason the paddling strategy can be a bad habit is that it raises your center of gravity, so you can't move fast. Instead, it's best to hold the racket at waist level rather than chest or nose level while waiting for the next shot.
But, ultimately, it's your choice. Some players may be ready to compromise their centre of gravity to get their OARS ready, while others may adopt a faster style of play.